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Category Archives: Workers Comp Benefits

How Do They Determine the Amount of My Weekly Workers Comp Check?

In Vermont, the dollar amount of your weekly workers compensation check is determined by calculating your “Average Weekly Wage” and your “Weekly Compensation Rate.” There are very specific rules that determine how these amounts are calculated. What is Average Weekly Wage? The “Average Weekly Wage” or “AWW,” is your average gross wages prior to getting...

Mileage Reimbursement Benefits: How Workers Comp Can Pay for Your Travel to Doctors

After you’ve been approved to receive workers’ compensation in the State of Vermont, you can continue to receive support from the State in a variety of ways. These include temporary wage replacement, vocational rehabilitation support and payment of your medical bills. Another benefit that you are entitled to is mileage reimbursement for your trips to...

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Does Workers Compensation Insurance Have to Pay for a Second Opinion?

Medical second opinions are routinely paid for by health insurance. I often get asked if Vermont workers compensation insurance will pay for a second opinion like health insurance does. The answer is yes, workers comp insurance should pay for the second opinion, as long as it is reasonable and necessary. What does Vermont Workers Comp...

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Can I Choose What Doctor I See for My Work-Related Injury?

As a workers compensation lawyer in Vermont, my clients often ask me if they can visit their own doctor about their work related injury. Of course it’s only natural for us to want to turn to a doctor whom we know and trust. The answer, happily is YES, you can choose what doctor you see...

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What To Do If Your Medical Payment Is Denied

Workers Comp denied my claim and my health insurance won’t pay medical bills, what do I do? You were injured at work and as a result, you’ve needed medical care. Maybe you have a fracture, a burn, or recurring pain in your wrist. Whatever it is, you had to seek medical care to take care...

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Worsening of a Degenerative Condition and Workers Comp: Does It Apply to You?

Imagine that you have a preexisting condition, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease, and it becomes worse as a result of the work you do. In legal terms, this situation is known as “degenerative aggravation” and the good news is – it’s covered by workers comp in Vermont. (Usually.) Arthritis is a common degenerative...

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Can You Get Pain and Suffering Damages in a Workers Compensation Case?

No. As a worker’s comp lawyer, I am often asked, “Can you get pain and suffering from workers comp?” Unfortunately, there is no gray area here. The answer is always no. Four Types of Workers Comp Benefits There are only four categories of benefits in a workers compensation case: Temporary Disability Benefits: Wage replacement which...

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New Workers Comp Law Helps With Psych Claims & PTSD

A new workers compensation law in Vermont makes it easier for police officers, rescue workers, ambulance workers and firefighters to bring claims for work-related post-traumatic stress disorder. The same law also makes it easier for employees in traditionally high-stress jobs to bring workers compensation claims related to mental health. Workers Comp in Vermont: Psychological Claims...

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Can I Get Fired Because of a Work Related Injury?

The short answer is yes (sort of). How come? Because there is nothing in workers compensation law which requires an employer to keep on an employee who cannot do the job because of a work related injury, even if that injury was caused by work. So if your employer lets you go because you cannot...

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Case Study: When Workers Comp Insurance Stops Paying for Medical Care

Souligny v. PB&J, Inc – State of Vermont In many workers compensation cases, chiropractic treatment is recommended. Because of the nature of chiropractic care, however, workers comp insurance companies can try to get out of covering the costs of the treatment, particularly after several years have gone by. This issue was addressed in a recent...

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